Community groups donate defib to Wallaroo Primary School

Wallaroo Community donating a defibrillator

WALLAROO Primary School received an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) recently.

The Wallaroo Lions Club, Wallaroo Community Table Tennis Group and the Weerona Hotel Social Club funded the lifesaving equipment.

The AED will be located in the school gym which is frequently used by various community groups.

WPS principal Julie Petersen said it’s fantastic to see the community come together to support the school.

“It is a device that can keep people safe and we really appreciate the donation”, she said.

The idea was raised by the Wallaroo Community Table Tennis Group with members saving their $2 game fees to go towards the cause.

They then reached out to the Wallaroo Lions Club and Weerona Hotel Social Club for help.

Weerona Hotel Social Club member Bronwyn Willment said it was extremely important to have a defib in a public venue.

“You never know when you’ll need such equipment,” she said.

“We were all happy to help to provide the school and the community groups that use the gym with the lifesaving device.”

Wallaroo Lions Club’s Peter Hatcher said sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in Australia.

“The chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest increases from 10 per cent to 70 per cent when there’s an AED available,” he said.

“The Wallaroo Lions Club is dedicated to providing funds for local, state, interstate and national needs.”

Article written and published by the Yorke Peninsula Country Times